Words convey a lot a meaning and are the best way to communicate your thoughts and feelings to the people around you. But there are some words that have a different purpose and may not
There are words that are used for describing chemical components, long names of places, personal names and so on and so forth. Some of the words in the world are so big that it can be almost impossible to pronounce them and others may be funny and have hidden phrases in them.
We have compiled a list of the longest words in the world and shared some fascinating facts about them:
10. Honorificabilitudinitatibus (27 letters)
This Latin word coined by Shakespeare is one of the longest words in English that has alternating vowels and consonants. This word can be translated as “the state of being able to achieve honors”. The word and its variants were also used earlier in the medieval and Renaissance period by different authors.
9. Antidisestablishmentarianism (28 letters)
This word containing 28 letters is rather unique as it made up of 12 syllables and it is used to describe a political position, which existed during the 19th century in Britain. This was in opposition to the proposal of the Liberals proposal for separation of the Church and the State. This was made with reference to the 1860’s movement in England and has little relevance in the modern context.
8. Floccinaucinihilipilification (29 letters)
The above word comes from Latin and its meaning translates to “the deeming of something to be trivial” or in simple terms it means something which is insignificant. It is also a combination of 4 Latin words-flocci, nauci, nihili and pilifi which means “all at a small price”. These words were found in a group of a renowned Eton Latin Grammar. This word was probably used by the educated men in Britain in an informal and humorous tone.
7. Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (30 letters)
This technical word is used to describe an inherited disorder and a person who develops this type of condition has an identical physical appearance similar to someone affected with pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1a. The difference is that they do not have calcium of PTH levels deficiency and there is no hormone resistance in this case. They might be shorter in appearance and obesity is also not present among such individuals.
6. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (34 letters)
This word was coined by the songwriters and was written by Sherman Brothers. According to the Oxford dictionary, the above word was first found in the 1940’s and it is made up which means “something very good”. In the context, it was used to mean to have something to say when there was nothing left to say. In short, this was a phrase that was being used on and off, just as words are used in the rap culture that come and go.
Richard Sherman, one of the songwriters recalls this word which came from their childhood memories for using double talk words.
5. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters)
This term is used to refer to a lung disease which is also known as silicosis and is known to be the longest word in the English language that can be found in the Oxford dictionary. Its meaning has been described as follows in the dictionary, “an artificial long word said to mean a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust”
Everett M. Smith, President of National Puzzler’s League coined this word and it appeared in the article which was published by the New York Herald Tribune in 1935. This word was also used in a puzzle book and was also seen in the Merriam Webster dictionary in its Second Edition.
4. Aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic (52 letter word)
Dr. Edward Strother coined this term to refer to the spa waters of Bath, England using a single word. The meaning of the individual part is as follows-“equally salty, calcium rich, waxy, containing aluminum and copper and vitriolic”. In real terms, this word does not have much application and was created just for the sake of it.
3. Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaomelito-katakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoio-siraiobaphetraganopterygon (171 letters)
This word has been coined and does not appear in any dictionary and it is a transliteration of the ancient Greek word, which was used by Aristophanes, an author in his comic play. It is known to be the longest word that was ever found in the literature made from 171 letters and its meaning has been described as follows, “ name of a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, flesh, fowl and sauces”
It was just a pretend dish that was said to be made using 17 ingredients that contained all the unappealing parts of the animals.
2. Methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamyl…serine (1909 letters)
This is a chemical name that refers to tryptophan synthetase, a type of enzyme that contains 267 amino acids. Actually, when you read this longest word, it might sound like there are some familiar words hidden inside it such as “asparagus” and “party”.
1. Chemical name for Titin (189,819 letters)
This is one of the longest words comprising of 189,819 letters and is a technical word which cannot be found in any dictionary. It is used to describe Titin, a large protein that can be found in the human body, which is also a connection that acts a molecular spring to maintain elasticity of the muscle.